Chest with nine bottles

anonymous, c. 1680 - c. 1700, chest, NG-444

The box was probably made in Batavia (Jakarta). The bottles are from Japan. They would have been used for expensive spice oils to prepare food, perfumes or medicines. Representatives of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) would present these as gifts to Asian potentates.

Two temple guardians

anonymous, c. 1300 - c. 1400, AK-RAK-2007-1-B

These guards stand at the entrance to a temple to ward off evil. They are holding a vajra, with which to crush ignorance. Their open and shut mouths represent the first and last letters of the Japanese script: A and N: this symbolises the totality of sounds and letters, of knowledge. Worshippers who…

Two temple guardians

anonymous, c. 1300 - c. 1400, AK-RAK-2007-1-A

Jizo Bodhisattva

anonymous, c. 1300 - c. 1350, hanging scroll, AK-MAK-162

Folding Screen with the Arrival of…

anonymous, c. 1600 - c. 1625, AK-RAK-1968-1-A

The Buddha Amida

anonymous, c. 1125 - c. 1175, figure, AK-MAK-294

Tea bowl with a grey red glaze

anonymous, anonymous, c. 1575 - c. 1599, bowl, AK-MAK-675

Container in the form of a crane

anonymous, c. 1700 - c. 1800, box, AK-MAK-682

Writing Box and Inro

anonymous, 1700 - 1800, AK-MAK-156

Model of the island of Deshima

anonymous, 1850 - 1851, maquette, NG-721